Deenanath Mangeshkar award for Jaya Bachchan

Veteran actress Jaya Bachchan will be conferred with Deenanath Mangeshkar Award on April 24th. Jaya will be presented the award for her remarkable contribution to Indian cinema. She will be conferred with the award on the death anniversary of Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar.

"I like all her films. I am fond of Bachchans and so are they," Mangeshkar told reporters here.

Jaya played the role of a rising playback singer in Hrishikesh Mukherjee's 'Abhimaan', modelled on Mangeshkar.

"I remember she (Jaya) would come for my song recordings before she began shooting for Abhimaan. During my recordings she used to stare at me and I kept thinking as to why she is doing this. When I saw the film I noticed she had somewhere copied my gestures like the way I used to stand, adjust my pallu etc," the melody queen said.

The awardees will be given a memento and cash prize of Rs 1,01,001. Suresh Wadkar and Vandana Gupte will be rewarded for their contribution to Marathi theatre and cinema.

Master Deenanath Award has been instituted in the name of Lata's father, recognizes service in the field of music and films.